Twice a day we should all be doing something that can have a positive
impact on our general health and wellbeing – looking after our teeth, by
brushing them and maintaining good oral hygiene with cleaning between teeth and
a healthy diet.
Yes, believe it or not good oral health can be attributed to much more
than just our teeth and gums.
On 20th March, the team here at Illume will be marking World
Oral Health Day. First launched in 2007, the campaign is held on 20th
March each year, focusing attention on the promotion of good oral health, with
the aim of reducing gum disease and other associated oral and health
While it’s a global campaign, it all starts at a local level with
dentists and oral health professionals like our team here in Queens Road.
“Tooth decay and gum disease are preventable through proper self-care
and regular healthy mouth reviews with a dentist and hygiene support visits
with a hygienist and that’s what World Oral Health Day is all about promoting,”
said Tim Rumney, Clinical Director at Illume.
“What many people do not realise is that by having good oral hygiene,
combined with a healthy diet, they can be preventing other health issues and
diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, respiratory and some cancers.”
Did you know:
- Tooth decay is the largest cause of inpatient
general anaesthetic hospital admissions for children
- Sugar is a leading risk factor for tooth decay,
affecting nearly 100% of adults, making it the single most prevalent and
preventable disease in the world
- Globally, around 30% of people aged 65-74 years
have no natural teeth
“That’s why we explain to our patients about the importance of good oral
hygiene. It’s not just about having a regular check up with a dentist or
hygienist, but combining these with daily oral care, such as brushing and
cleaning between your teeth twice a day, in the morning and before going to
bed. Clean every surface of every tooth every day.
“Then there’s the dietary factor. Sugar is a major cause of tooth decay
and this can be in the form of sweets, sugary drinks and other foods that you
might not actually think have high sugar levels.”
Illume offers a range of dental services that can ensure good health and
hygiene. These include:
- Healthy Mouth Review
- Hygiene visits
- Gum health treatments
- Mouth Cancer Screening
- Cosmetic dentistry
Perhaps one of the most important is a Healthy Mouth Review. This is
much more than a check-up. It’s about finding out what you want and how we can
help in terms of your teeth and allows us to undertake a full review of your
mouth to bring any problems or opportunities to your attention. We undertake a
14-point review which can be found here.
From here we create a plan and programme of treatments that is bespoke for
you. Whether it’s just keeping on top of oral hygiene or to more advanced
cosmetic work – tooth straightening, orthodontics, teeth whitening, bridges,
veneers, etc. to bring a winning Illume smile to your face and confidence to
your daily life.
You can find out about the full range of Illume services and treatments here.
Or give our team a call on 01242 522230.
Why not get involved in World Oral Health Day yourself and help motivate
others, young and old, to consider their oral health more. You can help promote
it through your social media channels by using the hashtag #worldoralhealthday.